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Celtics reportedly acquire Magic wing Evan Fournier for two second-round picks

Fournier, 28, will be a free agent this summer.

Evan Fournier is reportedly headed to Boston. AP Photo/John Raoux

The Boston Celtics made a move to upgrade their depth on Thursday morning before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, sending two second-round picks to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Evan Fournier, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fournier, 28, fits into the Celtics’ traded player exception created by their Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade this summer. He makes $17 million this year and will be a free agent in the offseason.

Fournier will bolster the Celtics’ offense significantly — a talented scorer, he’s averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game on 46.1/38.8/79.7 shooting splits.

The Celtics are reportedly still in discussions with Orlando regarding Aaron Gordon. The sticking point seems to be a second first-round pick, which Orlando covets and the Celtics — who boast a 21-23 record — are reluctant to offer. The Celtics’ preferred package seems to be a first-round pick and one of their young wings (Aaron Nesmith or Romeo Langford).

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The Celtics now have too many players on their roster and will need to make cuts somewhere, but that could happen in the form of a trade for Gordon.

The Magic seem to be in the beginning stages of a full teardown. Shortly before dealing Fournier to the Celtics, Orlando traded Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls for Wendell Carter Jr. and a pair of first-round picks.

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